Formula E

Di Grassi takes victory in Berlin for Audi’s home race

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Lucas Di Grassi takes his second win of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E season and Audi’s second consecutive win at their home race of Berlin.

Di Grassi, who started the race in P3, had taken the lead within the first 10 minutes of the race. He passed Stoffel Vandoorne in the opening laps and then made the move up the inside of Sebastien Buemi at turn six to take the lead of the race. Di Grassi went on to dominate the race to become the second driver to have one two races this season.

Buemi held onto second place to take his first podium of the season, despite a charging Jean-Eric Vergne in the DS Techeetah.

Vergne started in P8 and prior to the full course yellow he had already moved himself up to fourth. Once the race was green once again, Vergne had passed Antonio Felix Da Costa for third place.

The full course yellow was issued with 14 minutes left on the clock. Alex Lynn, who was sitting fifth, suffered a failure on the Jaguar which caused the rear of his car to lock up on the exit of the final turn. This failure resulted in the car being stranded on the start/finish straight.

The closest on track battle continued to be for fourth place, even after Lynn dropped out of the running. Da Costa continued to hold off Vandoorne and Daniel Abt for fourth.

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Behind was another battle, this time for seventh between three of the British drivers. These drivers continued to jostle for position until the end where Alexander Sims finished seventh ahead of Oliver Rowland and Sam Bird.

Pascal Wehrlein maintained his tenth starting position, whilst Edoardo Mortara gained five positions to finish 11th.

Mitch Evans recovered six places throughout the race to finish 12th ahead of Robin Frijns who had started at the back of the field.

Maximillian Gunther was unable to make much ground at his home race and finished 14th ahead of Felipe Massa.

Gary Paffett dropped from fourth to thirteenth by the time of the full course yellow. However, after the track was cleared he continued to lose places, finishing sixteenth.

Also dropping a number of places was Jerome D’Ambrosio who finished seventeenth after starting P9.

Oliver Turvey and Tom Dillmann for the fifth race consecutive race failed to score any points for NIO.

Jose Maria Lopez, had improved to fourteenth, but ran out of energy on one of the last corners dropping him to twentieth.

Andre Lotterer was unable to repeat his performance in Monaco when an overheating battery put him out of the race.

Vergne continues to lead the Drivers’ Championship, six points ahead of Di Grassi, with Lotterer a further 10 points behind. DS Techeetah extend their lead in the Teams Championship to 25 points ahead of Audi.

Formula E returns in four weeks’ time for the Swiss EPrix in Bern.

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